SDP Population Policy: Hire S’poreans First, Retrench S’poreans Last

The SDP pushed for reform of the immigration policy which it says allows in too many foreign workers into Singapore to displace local PMETs.

The party made this proposal when it launched its alternative population and immigration policy Building A People: Sound Policies For A Secure Future at its office in Ang Mo Kio this afternoon.

The proposals, introduced by a new face in the party Ms Joyce Tan, would take a more measured approach towards allowing foreigners to work in Singapore.

One idea is to adopt a points-based system called the Talent Track Scheme where foreign PMETS wishing to work in Singapore have to apply to. The applications will be assessed based on their qualifications, skills, and experience.

Only those who meet the required number of points will qualify for a list of potential employees.

Employers will then be allowed to hire foreigners from this pool but will have to demonstrate that no Singaporean is available or qualifies for the position before that.

“This will prevent firms hiring foreigners based solely on their ability to accept lower wages,” said Ms Tan, a communications professional who has held executive positions in local and international corporations. She currently works in a regional company.

The SDP’s proposal comes amidst a rising proportion of Singapore PMETs getting retrenched. Such a trend is partly the result of hundreds of local companies continuing to discriminate against local workers.

Ms Tan also took issue with the idea that Singapore can accommodate a 10 million population. The idea was raised by Mr Heng Swee Keat recently.

With a population density that is one of the highest in the world, Singapore can ill-afford to grow a population of 10 million by bringing in more foreigners.

As it is, Singaporeans are one of the unhappiest and most stressed out workers in the world. By not taking into consideration the physical and mental well-being of the people, the PAP’s current approach of cramming more foreigners onto this island is counter-productive.

CEC member Mr Khung Wai Yeen, who presented the policy with Ms Tan, pointed this out. He also noted the low birthrate and high emigration rate that is causing the Singaporean population to shrink.

He cited the high cost of living and stressful lifestyle as causes of younger Singaporeans leaving the country or having fewer children.

To address this problem, the SDP has proposed a 10-point plan under another policy A Better Life For All: Keeping The Cost Of Living In Singapore Affordable to make Singapore less expensive.

“Raising taxes and fees on a slew of items in the last couple of years makes Singapore even more expensive and, hence, exacerbates the problem of a shrinking population,” Ms Tan pointed out. “This is why the raising of the GST to 9 percent from the current 7 percent is a bad idea.”

One suggestion in the proposal is to abolish the GST for basic necessities like food, medicine and school supplies.

It points out that the intent of the PAP is to increase GDP growth at all cost, adding that it is misguided for the Government to think that having a larger population, even one made up of a disproportionate number of foreigners, will achieve this goal.

A large population, the SDP says, achieved at the expense of the well-being of Singaporeans is a recipe for disaster. Not only does it hurt the people but it will make Singaporeans even more alienated and disengaged from society.

The party has therefore proposed using the Genuine Progress Index (GPI) which measures economic progress by also taking into consideration social and environmental factors.

The alternative also proposes the removal of race identity in our Identity Cards as this serves only to divide Singaporeans when we should be fostering one single Singaporean identity.

The SDP has previously launched other alternative policies in housing and healthcare.

You can read SDP’s population and immigration policy Building A People: Sound Policies For A Secure Future here:

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21 Responses to “SDP Population Policy: Hire S’poreans First, Retrench S’poreans Last”

  • HarderTruths:

    Too little too late – not SDP’s fault. Thanks anyway.

    The FT have now been firmly entrenched in all high level government and private enterprises. They control all the banks and other financial assets that make money for the government.

    Many FT have become citizens or to bypass the system – have made one family member a citizen – this person can easily get his /her old citizenship back or change for other better foreign citizenship.

    If FT are displaced from $G jobs then the foreign country will retaliate and demand why and threaten to cut investments (like India previously and the DPM had to run there to apologise for not hiring FT first.)

    FT cannot do many criminal acts without any reaction from law enforcement. If caught they are treated like kings or queens. Why would they behave differently?

    Still close to 70% citizen support expected for the clowns – this is the unavoidable truth that shows how most people will never change. if people don’t change why should the government?

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  • Brain:

    Hire S’poreans First, Retrench S’poreans Last ??
    Really? Does it make sense?

    How’s SDP goin to force SMEs & MNCs to hire locals 1st & fire locals last?
    How’s SDP goin to enforce this policy?
    Sure SDP can do that when they’v largest presence in parliament… else its plain talk

    Now even some teams/departments in govt agencies have foreign workers as the majority…

    How’s SDP goin to enforce this policy when there’r already more than a million mediocre/average foreign workers in SG ?

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  • suffering sgs got no say:

    WTH..even gst added on to our medishield deductions.
    dont believe go check.
    just got the cpf statement 2 weeks ago

    did we buy this insurance scam?
    (err i mean scheme).NO.
    we all were forced into paying into it. same goes for medisave , eldershield and what-nots!

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  • TruBlu:

    Seriously,could we expect sound policies from UNSOUND LEEder$?

    I dont!

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  • last chance, dont miss out:

    give SDP a chance , vote them in .
    we have nothing to lose..
    or else suffer on forever.
    next GE our last chance to change things around..why? must read between the lines of whats going on in our sg .

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  • I support job for FTs first:

    I strongly support jobs for FTs first. Are you guys dumb and stupid? There is no Sg talent, all stupid and follow the law. I look forward to more top jobs for FTs and locals take orders and instructions from them. DBS has so many indians working, don’t be shocked. Singtel tampinese also alot of indians working in IT. ABC discount shops many filipinos, chinatown many chinese working there. I look forward to speedy increase to 10M population. People here are only interested in S$ and wont bother about all these issues. Local grad girls go China to work as maids or bar girls. Kudos to PAP, come next election all PAP cronies will be buried or cremated at Jewel Cemetry at Changi airport. All FTs and 70% supporters will piss or pang sai there.

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  • Perfect Aristocrats Party:

    lky once said that if we don’t pay our ministers well, our women would become maids in other countries. What happened now after paying them world’s highest salaries? Ok true enough, our women didn’t become maids BUT our local men especially ex-PMETs have to become private-hire car drivers instead! Also, many locals from the minority race have to become food delivery men/women too after having their lunch stolen by foreigners.

    “Hire Singaporeans first, retrench Singaporeans last” is the basic protection that a govt should provide for its native citizens BUT because of our useless govt that only wants to increase GDP growth at all cost, majority companies seems to be practicing “Retrench Singaporeans first, hire Singaporeans last” instead.

    Is this really the type of govt we want? Don’t be bullied and threatened by them any more. With credible opposition party like SDP willing to stand up and fight for singaporeans, why do you still have to die die vote for the pap? Vote the traitors Out!

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  • clown pap loves aliens FTs PRs:

    I support job for FTs first:
    I strongly support jobs for FTs first. Are you guys dumb and stupid? There is no Sg talent, all stupid and follow the law. I look forward to more top jobs for FTs and locals take orders and instructions from them. DBS has so many indians working, don’t be shocked. Singtel tampinese also alot of indians working in IT. ABC discount shops many filipinos, chinatown many chinese working there. I look forward to speedy increase to 10M population. People here are only interested in S$ and wont bother about all these issues. Local grad girls go China to work as maids or bar girls. Kudos to PAP, come next election all PAP cronies will be buried or cremated at Jewel Cemetry at Changi airport. All FTs and 70% supporters will piss or pang sai there.

    bro, let us be honest.

    aliens FTs PRs are preferred only because they are cheap cheaper cheaperer.

    worse, the male aliens FTs PRs no need NSF NSR, meaning zero nil kosong disruption to business owners.

    70% sheep are suckers. they serve NSF NSR and are jobless in own land of birth made expensive by clown pap, meaning wasted time in NSF NSR without commensurate level of wage in an artificially expensive small island.

    artificially expensive, meaning all the high costs DERIVE from high land cost by clown pap.

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  • pap has the mandate:

    Let Singaporeans, their children and their grandchildren dig their own grave. They are but frogs in the “well”, in fact, it is a slow cooker pot. It is game over long ago for Singaporeans because they are gutless to liberate themselves for these chains that PAP Government is putting on them. If they cannot unchain themselves, no one else can help them. GoodLuck Singaporeans….LOL

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  • An impt platform:

    It is becos of envy leading to greed leading to abuse of power leading to legislate self gratification that resulted in ministers becoming instant multimillionaires. With so much money, greed leads to focus of more greed to become billionaires as shown by MBT now well known to be a real estate magnate. When the focus is self enrichment whereforth can there be time to serve the populace n whereforth the time to ensure the welfare of the populace. All the time is focussed on nepotic benefits, self gratification, self glorification n promotion of nationally financing n nurture of an increasing harem of bootlickers, brownosers, BC, plps to protect, advance n shield the increasing greed, hunger n arrogance of the regime. PRC has a catch phrase: mega projects provide abundance of oily water to lubricate n quench the greeds, hunger with enhanced aggressiveness. This is perhaps what LKY has been saying about bureaucratic compliancy thru his daughter, LWL n son LHY n the dynasty agenda deal to high volume of political involvement of what dynasty called as Emperor Harem which historically evidenced as the major cause of the collapse of the nation n dynasty, peaking at maximum social suffering.

    SIN has seen that even Conflict of interests has been grossly n ludicrously interpreted by the greed as depending on the career success n not on relationship. The passivity of the pertinent public institutions guaranteed by the Constitution to have independence from the power therebe shows the pathetic erosion of responsibility n accountability or as Singaporeans used to sneer at MAS as mana ala system which now Singaporeans have to swallow their pride n turn the label on SIN PAP. As Chinese traditional estimate of the quality of leadership as “if one cannot manage one’s family, how to govern a nation!”

    So it is not just foreign immigration, it is greed, hunger n aggressive mentality that leads to the present state in SIN. Would SDP or TCB n other party leaders swear on oath that they would run the nation with the norm of international democracy salary system n not the aspiration of becoming members of billionaire club or cabin to associates worild superrich n possibly Swiss Bank clients, perhaps that is what GCT referred to as Swiss standard of living but not for daft Singaporeans only for their cabin staffs.

    What many old n new Singaporeans looking for is not just a clean govt but one with no envy, greed, hunger n aggressiveness. No corruption among superrich is a farce n worst
    lie even primary students know. Lying is a sign of Dirty govt!

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  • Spineless Sinnkie Syndrome:

    The points based system for FTs is a good starting point.

    Australia and some other much bigger countries too, has similar points-based system to screen immigrants for criminal records, selection for desired skills or work experience in sectors which they require.

    This is so very unlike our current indiscriminate open-door policy of the PAPpy wagging dogs, doing their mass immigration with no regard to the dire consequences.

    Recently, I even got to know quite a few new immigrants that had little skills (they were working in low-wage jobs) and who were already quite old (40s and 50s) given PR status!!!

    WTF! I thought we are facing a serious ageing demographic crisis and yet we have these dumbfarks PAPpy dogs here giving away PRs to old uncles and aunties, who have absolutely no skills whatsoever of value to our economic development.

    For a big country such as Australia or the USA, they may still be able to accommodate the poor and hungry immigrants given their huge land mass and arguably their difficulty in patrolling their huge borders;
    but for such a tiny island to tolerate and even encourage such lax immigration policies is a totally unforgivable and inexcusable sin.

    Anyway, my take is the priority now is to vote that dishonorable son out first, THEN we can talk about the proposals of SDP or other opposition parties.

    All these proposals now are completely USELESS, as long as that dishonorable son and his PAPpy dogs are still in power.

    Sad to say, SDP is just wasting their breath since no one will listen to their porposals no matter how well-reasoned or well-planned.

    THE ONLY WAY FORWARD IS TO VTO in next GE. THEN, we can start to talk about positive change. Full Stop.

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  • see what will happen to you:

    Brain:
    Hire S’poreans First, Retrench S’poreans Last ??
    Really? Does it make sense?

    How’s SDP goin to force SMEs & MNCs to hire locals 1st & fire locals last?
    How’s SDP goin to enforce this policy?
    Sure SDP can do that when they’v largest presence in parliament… else its plain talk

    Now even some teams/departments in govt agencies have foreign workers as the majority…

    How’s SDP goin to enforce this policy when there’r already more than a million mediocre/average foreign workers in SG ?

    The EU, Australia, USA and just aboiut every other First World country and even Third World ones have been enforcing employing their citizens first.

    Try applying for a job in the EU or US and see how successful you will be.

    Or try applying for a job there with a tourist visa and see what will happen to you.

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  • News today: operator?:

    News Today broadcasted on Youtube on SIN PM n his ministers salary. It sounds like they r really paid very very miserably with fact sheets looked like cut n paste frm unnamed Facebook page. Thoigh fill with doubtd abt its authenticity. party why is it only in Mandarin only n xhy the fact sheet source remain a myth. The most douby origin from comparison with other counterparts but with an unmistable emphasis on benefits like no car, no free air travel on official visit, no free bodyguards.

    Amidst disbelief, the wise words from Rotten Idiot Fantastic Achievement award receiver Mr GCT that if he n his ministers r not paid like the top paying CEOs of MNCs, there will be tendency of corruption prevailing in many nations. in other word, what he is implying is that superrich r incorruptible. But news reports have it otherwise. Superrich r involve in mega corruptin relative to corrupted amt commited by the not rich. However since the world think SIN PAP is squicky n coupled with GCT rationalization for indecent political pay check, the world accepts it. Now News Today give a story abt the multimillios paycheck must minus a considerable benefits linked to official business including bodyguards salaries,transport costs including air travel first class etc etc which give an estimate salary very v miserable. GCT rationalization rings loud. If that is so, why not kpkb instead of keeping it opaque. Good try to be so self sacrificing. Alas, GCT is SIN in trouble with the notion superrich politicians r likely to be. .. to become so. GCT shouldn’t you come out n alerts or threaten of a return 2 ssuare 1 eh?

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  • BOLEH or TAK BOLEH:

    Malaysia Boleh!
    HONG KONG “HAI TAK LEH”!

    SINGAPORE still TAK BOLEH?

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  • rukidding:

    Why do “suckers” support P.a.p. ????

    Well,…P.a.p. stands fr Pimps and prostitutes ,

    We just happen to have 70% “suckers and clowns” that “loves and enjoys” being fcuked !

    Foreign talents are “different”….they let those Pimps and prostitutes “fcuked” them ( initially only) because their objective is to “gained” something in return.

    Sillyporeans 70% ???…these sillyporans are real “silly and dumb”…better described by the “trait** and world class con man Lee” as DAFTS ,himself.

    Thesse sillyporeans are willing to sent their own sons to “defend” a place “govern” by Pimps and prostitutes ( which these sillyporean themselves chose)…and same “chose” for themselves to be fcuked ???

    What a Joke !

    We are sillyporean, we have sillyporeans,…this is my Cuntry..these are my frens ?…we are sillypore,..we are sillypore…

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  • Ppatriot:

    Yes it’s too little too late. Looks at the tens of thousands of displaced Singapore pmets.

    Good… Thanks to the 70%, new citizens, civil servants. Singaporean children will get to reap what the 70% have sown..

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  • GCT: mmillions not to corrupt:

    GCT demanded for multimillions a year in order to stop the tendency to corrupt n not for the quality of service! But un News Today Youtube reported that the designated kaput deputy PM Admiral clarified abt the cabin members pay of max for PM. The report claimed that the cabin members have to pay themselves their bodyguard n transport including air fares for official travel. Of course for private business like going for golf game in Australia, one would expect the ministers would have to pay their own fares n also not to use the official entrance n pathway as LKY has one warned in his usual rage against indignant behavior like demanding red carpet at invitation to social or religious functions. But it is unbelievable that ministers pay their own first class airfare on official trips. Citizens, what say ye?

    Seniors would remember that only once Sr Lee claimed to pay for chartering n diverting an SIA 747 for refitting to ferry seriously ill Mrs Lee Sr from London to Singapore. They were on state visit to GB. Presumably the airfares must be paid from state fund but netizens then were wondering whether this include.d chartering entire plane by diverting its commercial flight half way from its destination, dumping al passengers before proceeding to be refitted for medical transport. On this Lee Sr responded he paid himself but the amt he has paid remained unrevealed. But now News Today reported that ministers have to pay for the bodyguards, all transports ( if private it should be expected n no need to mention unless deliberate to blur so logic says must be official business n that is unbelievable!). All must true as reported by news today in Mandarin, if they have not been pulled up by the ministers/prosecuters/judges for fake news which has not be publicised, the ministers r actually paid currently very miserably according to GCT bar of no corruption. tendency. Perhaps GCT owes the citizens an explanation or warning of the return of what he has expected if his demands of multimillions excluding bonus n performance rewards! How abt it Chok?

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  • TruBlu:

    THE POPULATION POLICY SUCKS!
    it not only kills jobs for sgs by helping ill-qualified aliens to rob ours by hook or by crook; it also cause our TEMPERATURE to rise ,both literally and figuratively.

    ARTIFICIALLY AUGMENTING THE POPULATION will naturally give rise to MORE POLLUTION at undesirable rate and it also gives rise to social disharmony.

    it took sgs 50 years to gel into a delicious bowl of rojak but it takes only a decade *LOONG* to destroy this yummy mixture.

    the scholars have no f*king idea they are screwing sgs upside down.

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  • True Leedership:

    So the planning parameter has now been shifted.
    The 30% is right again, familee and cronies cannot be trusted.

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  • PAP honored threat not oath:

    ST 14/6/2019 frontpage reported increasing retrenchment of Singaporean PMETs n decreasing jobs vacancies ( after taken up by foreigners after they have sufficiently replaced the local PMET retrenched as threatened by the wealth boaster cock aka $10 Chaitowkwei aka runner up PM in waiting (if the designated PM in waiting fails to see thru to the on coming General Election with his not too long ago heart attack on stage) that he has no problem to import any number of foreigners to displace local PMETs. Apparently he did honoor his threats as easily as he has betrayed the deity to whom he has sworn on oath to serve in the interests n benefits of Singaporeans n the Nation. In short he has lied on oath n serves instead in the interests n benefits of the aliens. The designated PM in waiting showed the same traitorous mentality in his plan working towards importing more foreigners to top up to 10 millions. Should Singaporeans support such traitors having no problems to import foreigners to boot them from their jobs n from their homes not mentioning the schools, universities, health care facilities n give them another term toco,plete their pro aliens n enslaving citizenry agenda. The abnormal early pre election goodies in kind n numbers follow immediately after Mahathir managed to oust UMNO, an almost impossibility. Why PAP is so desperate to win? Could they have hell of a lot of things they r so frightened to be revealed if they lose like most long regime as Sorcano of Indonesia, UMNO etc.. Political Science has it that the longer a regime remains in power, the chances of it goes rotten is high n the fear of revelation rises phenomenally. Is this so with PAP with 50 years in power. Isn’t time to displace them n has a thorough dig in to maintain the health of the nation like what doctors recommending a regular check up as his patirnt gets on in age. By the facts that the regime has gone intolerably arrogant, greedy n pro alien agenda Singaporeans should be patriotic enough to protect the nation by a regime change n a thorough dig into the opacity of PAP just in case the pro alien mentality results in loss of nationhood.
    Threats r honored. Oath n election promises r lies, naturally not honored. Just for these, VTO n Begin Operation Dig in n Clean. How abt it fellow netizens n old n new Singapore citizens!?

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  • james1234:

    A lot of companies in Singapore prefer own race and some multinational companies say they do not want a particular race especially PMET sector nowadays. Companies take interviews finally they do not recruit a particular race.

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